Ben Nicholson Print for Bonhams London Auction

A very rare and unusual screen-print by Ben Nicholson is one of the star lots in Bonhams Prints from the St Ives School sale on 25 May in London.

The image, George and Rufus (£2,500 – 3,500), is printed in colour on rayon and was based on a series of paintings that Nicholson produced in the 1930s for a children’s book that in the end was never published.

The print shows two of the story’s heroes, the dogs George and Rufus, taking a walk through a town by the sea.

This proof copy is dated 1938 and is one of only four known examples, one of the others being in the permanent textile collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.